W L Pct GB
Tacoma ..... 35 22 .614 --
Bremerton .. 34 25 .576 2
Victoria ... 31 29 .517 5½
Vancouver .. 27 28 .491 7
Spokane .... 27 29 .482 7½
Salem ...... 28 31 .475 8
Wenatchee .. 26 31 .456 9
Yakima ..... 23 36 .390 13
SPOKANE, June 18—Victoria made it five straight at Spokane tonight as they survived two late rallies to hand the Indians a 6-4 setback in the opener of a four-game Western International League series. The victory string is the longest for the A's this year and consolidated their grip on third place in the W.I.L. race.
Slim Jim Propst gained credit for his third victory in five decisions, although he needed help before it was all over. He had a shutout going into the eighth, when a three-run rally brought in Larry Ward. Ward also needed help and Len Kasparovitch was rushed in to save the day.
Propst also led the club at the plate with three hits in four trips and batting in a run. Archie Wilson extended his hitting streak to 12 games with two hits, which plated two runs. Lou Kubiak made good use of his lone hit, driving in two runners.
Victoria ........... 112 020 000—6 8 0
Spokane .......... 000 000 031—4 10 2
Propst, Ward (8), Kasparovitch (8) and Recca; Orphal, Holmes (5) and Younker.
YAKIMA, June 18—Tacoma ran into unexpected trouble from the trailing Yakima Packers. Southpaw Bill Freeman handcuffed them until the ninth as his mates built up an 8-1 lead. The Tigers erupted for five runs in the final frame and had the tying run at the plate when Ray French took pinch-hitter Hank Sciarra's long drive at the fence for the final out. French also picked up a triple, double and a single to lead the hitters.
Tacoma .......... 000 001 005—6 11 1
Yakima ........... 100 023 11x—8 10 4
Gleason, Clary (8) and Rossi; Freeman, Kittle (9) and Eastwood.
WENATCHEE, June 18—Vancouver Capilanos climbed into fourth place by picking on the slumping Wenatchee Chiefs for 4-1 victory. It was the Chiefs' ninth setback and their 11th in 12 games.
Charlie Mead's three-run homer in the first settled the issue. It came after Joe Kaney had doubled and Frank Mullens walked.
Bob Snyder shut down the Chiefs on six hits for his fourth decision of the season. He allowed Jerry Gardner's home run in the fourth for the only Wenatchee run.
Vancouver .......... 300 000 001—4 9 0
Wenatchee ......... 000 100 000—1 6 3
Snyder and Brenner; Cronin and Gardner.
SALEM, June 18—The Salem Senators continued to slip as Bremerton's young Bluejackets moved within two games of the lead by pounding out a 7-2 triumph behind the effective pitching of Keith Simon.
Bremerton .......... 110 200 300—7 13 2
Salem ................ 000 100 001—2 6 0
Simon and Volpi; Stevenson, McMillan (9) and Stumpf.
Dissension Hits Indians
By the Associated Press
Reports of dissension in the ranks of the Spokane Indians bubbled to the surface today following the outright release of two players. Reliable sources predict an extensive shakeup.
Along with partial disclosure of the club's internal troubles, the Indians dropped back into the Western International league's second division by losing at 6-4 decision to the Victoria Athletics. It was the A's fifth straight win.
Tacoma had its first place lead pared to two games by losing a series opener at Yakima, 8-6. Bremerton's runner-up Bluejackets narrowed the gap by trouncing Salem, 7-2, on the Senators' home grounds. Vancouver regained a spot in the first division with a 4-1 victory over the host Wenatchee Chiefs.
Spokane's team difficulties apparently came to a head after a transportation mixup at the end of last week's series at Victoria. The squad was called together on its return home, but the results of the meeting were not revealed.
Shortly afterward, Jim Herrera, the Indians' regular shortstop at the start of the season, and Al Orlando, utility infielder, requested and were given their outright releases. Neither had seen service recently. Herrera said yesterday he asked to leave the club because he "was not satisfied with some of the conditions."
Shake-Up in the Spokane Ball Club
SPOKANE, June 18—A shake-up in the roster of the Spokane entry in the Western International League has resulted in two players leaving the club.
Sources close to the club say the shuffle is not complete and more players may be released or even ask for releases before it is over.
Jim Herrera, starting shortstop at the first of the season and Al Orlando, utility infielder, are no longer with the Indians. Herrera asked for his release because he was "not satisfied with some of the condiitons." Neither of the men had appeared in the line-up recently. A club announcement said both were released outright.
Roy Younker, utility catcher-outfielder, was reported Friday to be leaving the club for his home in California. The club would make no statement on Younker's position.
An official said tonight that Tommy Nelson, now operating at shortstop, might be released.
Only one of the gaps has been filled by the signing of Buck Brownson, a shortstop. Brownson is a former Stanford University and Spokane High School athlete.
A conflict within the ranks was reported after a transportation mix-up following the series at Victoria last week. A general meeting was called after the team returned to Spokane. The results of the meeting were not made public.